The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at App State

AAMFT Statement on MFT Responsibility to Counter Racism

The MFT Program at Appalachian State endorses the AAMFT statement regarding our responsibility to actively counter racism. We reject systemic racism and work to counter white supremist ideologies. We continue to be reflective and commit to ongoing work to improve our accountability to inclusively train MFTs. Read the entire AAMFT Statement on MFT Responsibility to Counter Racism

Appalachian State Response to COVID-19

The Marriage and Family Therapy program is following direction from Appalachian State and the UNC System, who are monitoring the ongoing responses to COVID-19. For updated information, please visit  AppState Cornovirus Information

For American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) updates and direction for family therapists, please visit Coronavirus: AAMFT Status.

For North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFTE) updates and directions for family therapists in NC, please visit NCAMFT COVID-19 Information

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) updates and direction for MFT training programs, visit COAMFTE Message regarding COVID-19

Students and Faculty to Present at NCAMFT Conference

MFT students and faculty will present at the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFT) annual conference. Dr. Jon Winek and students Kayla Reeve and Savannah Barnette will present a breakout session titled Hopeful Frames: Postmodern Therapy in a Post-COVID World. Dr. Kristen Benson and students Diamond Slone Couch, Caroline Bundesman, and Kayla Sapakoff will present a workshop titled Justice Informed MFT Ethics. The NCAMFT conference will take place virtually March 18-20, 20201.

MFT Alumnus wins AAMFT Emerging Leaders Award

Lorin Kelly, App State MFT Alumnus (class of 2018) is being awarded the 2020 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Education Foundation Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders Award. Lorin is currently enrolled in the Kansas State University Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. Program and is an AAMFT Minority Fellow. She was honored at the virtual AAMFT Conference in November.


Gambrel Served as Editor for JMFT Virtual Issue on Mindfulness in MFT

Dr. Laura Gambrel served at guest editor for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy virtual issue on Mindfulness in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Gambrel, whose scholaship and training focuses on mindfulness, provides a review of articles related to the theory, research, and clinical practice of mindfulness-based practices in MFT. 

Benson Co-Presented at Two Conferences

From the RCOE Connected Newsletter

Dr. Kristen Benson (HPC) co-presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy virtual conference with Dr. Christi McGeorge from North Dakota State University, Dr. Hoa Nguyen from Valdosta State University, Katelyn Coburn who is a PhD student at Kansas State, and Dr. Ashley Walsdorf, who is a recent graduate of Georgia State University. The presentation was titled: Helping family therapists work ethically with LGBTQ clients. This presentation was based on the forthcoming chapter they have in the AAMFT Ethics in Systemic Family Therapy book.

She also co-presented at the National Council on Family Relations virtual conference with Dr. Katie Heiden-Rootes from St. Louis University. The presentation was titled: Transgender and Nonbinary Youth and Families: A Systemic Conversation and Call to Action. They presented research-based best practices for therapy with transgender and nonbinary youth and their families, facilitated a conversation with a parent representative from Transparent USA, and developed action steps for clinical advocacy.

MFT Student Awarded 2019 3MT People's Choice

3mtCongratuations to Imani Dillon, first year MFT student, for being awarded the People's Choice Award at the 2019 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.  Her presentation was titled: "Is Parenting Style Related to Later Substance Abuse in Children?" Students in the Multicultural Counseling class instructed by Dr. Jordan participated in this annual event hosted by the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

MFT Alumnus Wins AAMFT Dissertation Award

Jordan Montgomery, App State MFT alumnus (class of 2014) and recent graduate of the Florida State MFT doctoral program (class of 2018) was awarded the AAMFT Dissertation award at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy conference, held in Austin, Texas. Dr. Montgomery's dissertation was titled "Culturally Competent Parenting: A Test of Web-Based Training for Transracial Foster and Adoptive  Parents." Dr. Montgomery is featured as the April 2020 Reich College of Education Alumni Update

Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate

The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. Applications are reviewed for fall and spring admission. Learn more about the  Multicultural Systemic Counseling Certificate

Social Justice in Action Fund

The Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund provides assistance to financially support students from underrepresented populations 

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HRSA Grant to Fund Clinical Interns

Dr. Karen Caldwell is the recipent of a HRSA grant funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funds internship stipends, which are available to students in their internship year. The goal of the grant is to provide behavioral services to children and youth living in rural Appalachian communities and expand the number of licensed MFTs working in these underserved areas. The stipend amount provided to each recipient is $10,000 over the course of their 12 month internship.